The FFA/PFA Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) is an historic agreement between FFA and the PFA, which establishes the clear principles which are to guide player relations in Australian football. Under the MOU, the PFA is consulted on all aspects of the professional game in Australia, and plays an active role in communicating the views of the players to the game’s hierarchy and assisting the game in making decisions in the best interests of the game.
The FFA/PFA MOU:
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Important matters dealt with by the MOU include:
Player Contracts and Regulations
The MOU acknowledges that Australian law prevails over the contractual and regulatory dealings with players. FFA agrees not to implement any regulatory provision or change that may affect players’ employment, registration, careers, conditions or welfare without first undertaking good faith negotiations with the PFA.
Principles of Freedom of Movement
The principle of every player being able and free to maximise his or her potential and play at the highest levels in world football for club and country is recognised.
Player Career Path Support
FFA and the PFA have agreed to enhance supporting programs for players, including My Football Career. Specific initiatives include education and training (including for life after football), access to independent advice and representation (e.g. on financial matters), induction and transitional programs and developing a culture within the game that takes a holistic approach to the development of players.
The MOU commits FFA and the PFA to achieving a commercially successful schedule that respects the FIFA calendar, and builds the needs of players into scheduling decisions, including by addressing the requirement of high performance, professional and personal development and rest and recovery.
Club and Country
The MOU recognises that a player’s selection to play for his or her country represents the game’s highest honour, and that “this right shall not be compromised in any way”. The MOU commits players to playing for their country, and ensures club/country matters are to be handled in accordance with relevant FIFA regulations. The rights of A-League players to represent Australia are expressly acknowledged, and FFA agrees to reduce the incidence of conflict between the fixtures at A-League and international levels.
FFA/PFA Grievance Procedure
Vitally, the MOU establishes a Grievance Procedure that ensures all disputes about a player’s employment are resolved by arbitration by an arbitrator appointed by agreement between FFA and the PFA. International and complex matters may instead be referred to a tribunal consisting of an independent Chairman appointed by agreement between FFA and the PFA, an FFA nominee and a PFA nominee.
Commitment to Collective Bargaining
Finally, the MOU commits FFA and the PFA to giving further effect to the principles and letter of the MOU through collective bargaining, especially at Socceroos, A-League and National Team levels.
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